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Performer Chris Stapleton attends the Gershwin Prize Honoree's Tribute Concert at DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Washington. (Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18

Apr. 7, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 12-18 April 12: Actress Jane Withers is 94. Musician Herbie Hancock is 80. Musician John Kay of Steppenwolf is 76. Actor Ed O’Neill (“Modern Family,” ″Married...With Children”) is 74. Actor Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”)...

This combination photo shows country music stars, from left, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, who are among  23 performers that will be featured in “ACM Presents: Our Country,” an at-home country music special that is airing on CBS on April 5, in lieu of their delayed Academy of Country Music awards show. (AP Photo)

At home with kids, pets and spouses, country stars play on

Apr. 5, 2020 11:36 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music’s biggest stars should have been on the carpet of the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas, but like most of America, they were homebound because of the coronavirus. Still, the musicians played on, surrounded by spouses, kids and — in...

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Review: M. Ward drizzles starlight on 'Migration Stories'

Apr. 3, 2020 10:31 AM EDT

M. Ward, “Migration Stories” (Anti- Records) The borders delineating M. Ward's “Migration Stories” come in terrestrial and celestial forms, with songs inspired by his grandfather's journey from Mexico and California earthquakes, as well as family reunions taking place in other...

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2014 file photo, country singer Sam Hunt poses for a portrait in New York. Hunt’s sophomore album, “Southside,” will be released on Friday. (Photo by Scott Gries/Invision/AP, FIle)

To share or not to share, that is the question for Sam Hunt

Apr. 2, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Hunt’s sophomore album opens and closes with two of the most personal songs he’s ever written, as he draws from his own life to paint candid portraits for listeners. But the country star admits he wavers when it comes to spilling his own tea in song form....

FILE - In this March 5, 2018, file photo, Ashley McBryde poses in Nashville, Tenn. Her new album “Never Will,

Ashley McBryde reveals familial secrets on new record

Apr. 2, 2020 4:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ashley McBryde doesn’t have any problem with using real people to inspire her country songs and revealing the sordid details of their lives, even if she’s dishing dirt about her own family and friends. Her new album “Never Will,” out on Friday, is full...

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Taylor Swift donation will help Nashville record store

Apr. 2, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pop superstar Taylor Swift is helping out a Nashville record store closed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grimey's co-owner Doyle Davis said Thursday the store got a call last week from Swift's publicist asking how Swift could help. It was the just after Nashville's mayor issued a...

In this March 5, 2020, photo, Brandy Clark poses in Nashville, Tenn., to promote her third album “Your Life is a Record.” (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Brandy Clark's breakup record allows creative freedom

Apr. 1, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When singer-songwriter Brandy Clark went into the studio to record her next album, many of her songs reflected on the breakup of a 15-year relationship. But musically, she was also divorcing herself of the notion that she was just a country singer. "All I ever saw myself as was a...

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'Wicked' movie release delayed, 'Minions' pushed to 2021

Apr. 1, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Wicked” fans are going to have to wait even longer to see Stephen Daldry's film adaptation of the popular Broadway musical. Universal Pictures on Wednesday announced that another handful of theatrical release dates are shifting due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has...

In this March 25, 2020, photo, country singer Caylee Hammack uses a leaf blower to clear a sidewalk as she does landscaping work in Mt. Juliet, Tenn. Hammack's band was facing months without income after their touring schedule was wiped clean due to the spreading coronavirus, so they started a side gig landscaping to keep bills paid. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Caylee Hammack's band went from concerts to mowing lawns

Apr. 1, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Caylee Hammack and her band are facing months without income after the concert industry came to a halt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. So they put down their guitars and started pushing lawnmowers. Hammack and her band were touring in Europe last month when...

FILE - This Nov. 13, 2019 file photo shows Dolly Parton performing at the 53rd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Parton tweeted Wednesday, April 1, that she’s donating $1 million to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for coronavirus research.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Dolly Parton donates $1 million to coronavirus research

Apr. 1, 2020 4:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country icon Dolly Parton is making a big donation to help fund coronavirus research, as well as taking time out every week to read children’s books online to kids everywhere. The “9 to 5” singer, actress and philanthropist tweeted Wednesday that she’s...